Sad to see them go, let’s all keep a look out on the roads for these chicks as they learn to fly and begin their journey northwards.
Message alert from the Phillip Island Nature Parks about our million or so short-tailed shearwaters:
“The annual short-tailed shearwater migration is almost upon us again, and we can all do our bit to help.
Between mid-April and mid-May, take extra care on the roads at night as cars are the biggest killers of shearwaters.
Shearwaters are often found sitting on the road at night as many of them are trying to fly for the first time.
Please slow down and look out for these birds on the road, observe changed traffic conditions, and keep an eye out for rescuers on the roads at night.
If you find an injured shearwater please bring it to the Penguin Parade, or call 0409 558 482. These birds will then be assessed on a case by case basis.
The weaker birds are often found on the beaches unable to fly, this is a natural occurrence and we generally do not interfere. This provides a rich source of food for the near threatened Pacific Gulls (listed in Victoria), that travel long distances at this time of year to feed. In this situation we advise that the birds be moved back to the top of the cliff so they can have another chance at fledging, they can be placed under a bush or other sheltered area such as boardwalks – please take care not to walk through the habitat as the burrows collapse easily.
Please share this info with your family, friends and colleagues so the shearwaters have the best chance of survival at the start of their incredible migration.” Photo:ABC.net